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16 Sep 2018

India not lowering guard on border with China: Defense Minister

India not lowering guard on border with China

India will not lower its guard along the Line of Actual Control with China while maintaining border peace in sync with the "Wuhan" spirit, Defense Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said.

Sitharaman said both sides recognized that the broad decisions arrived at the informal summit between Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Chinese President Xi Jinping in Wuhan should govern the management of the border.

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India not lowering guard on border with China

Military coordination

Modi, Xi directed militaries to boost coordination along Sino-India border

At the Wuhan summit in April, Modi and Xi resolved to open a new chapter in ties and directed their militaries to boost coordination along the nearly 3,500km Sino-India border, months after Doklam standoff triggered fears of a war.

Sitharaman said as the Defense Minister of the country she was conscious of the fact that she will have to keep the border guards alert.

Northern and western borders

I have to be conscious of both my borders: Sitharaman

When asked if Army Chief Gen Bipin Rawat's comments earlier in the year that time has come for India to shift focus to its northern border from the western frontier, Sitharaman said, "I cannot afford to say, at the cost of one border, I will be more alert, more ready in another."

"I have to be conscious of both my borders," she said.

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Shangri-La Dialogue

Asia will have better future when India-China work together: Modi

Sitharaman also referred to Modi's speech at Shangri-La Dialogue in Singapore in June, saying his views about the region was even welcomed by China.

In his address at the premier Defense and Strategic Affairs conference, Modi said Asia and the world will have a better future when India and China work together with trust and confidence while being sensitive to each other's interests.

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